ETYM Old Eng. taile, taille, French taille a cutting, cut tally, from tailler to cut, but influenced probably by taillé, p. p. of tailler. Related to Tailor, Tail a limitation, Taille, Tallage.
1. Originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number.
2. Any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book; especially, one kept in duplicate.
3. A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally.
To keep score, as in games; SYN. chalk up.